Edna St. Vincent Millay

Rockland / Maine / United States
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Rockland / Maine / United States
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If I Should Learn, In Some Quite Casual Way

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IF I should learn, in some quite casual way,
That you were gone, not to return again—
Read from the back-page of a paper, say,
Held by a neighbor in a subway train,
How at the corner of this avenue
And such a street (so are the papers filled)
A hurrying man—who happened to be you—
At noon to-day had happened to be killed,
I should not cry aloud—I could not cry
Aloud, or wring my hands in such a place—
I should but watch the station lights rush by
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COMMENTS
Colleen Courtney 17 May 2014
This piece just tugs at the heartstrings and brings a tear to the eye. Can feel the subjects desire to disbelieve what is so sadly true. Love this poem.
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Clare Mills 22 March 2008
This poem reaches into your soul and twists your heart so that you feel every moment of the situation, it speaks to you on such an intimate level that you can put yourself in the poets place. It made me cry.
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